Want to make the classic game of memory more interesting? Want to add more ways to help your kids learn using tangible objects?
This DIY nature memory game is just what you have been looking for!
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DIY Nature Memory Game
Nature Memory is an educational game and sensory activity for preschoolers and up. Playing nature memory helps children develop focus, memory, and recognition skills.
This DIY nature memory game can also be used to teach math and science concepts depending on how it’s played and the nature items used.
Nature memory can be played in schools, homeschool education, Waldorf education, and is a Montessori-inspired sensorial activity.
DIY Nature Memory Game Materials
- 12 Paper Mache Boxes (or more if you want to increase the challenge)
- 2 of each type of nature item (See below for more information)
DIY Nature Memory Game Variations
There are many different types of nature items you can use for this nature memory game. There are also many ways to play to increase learning. Below are just a few ideas to get you started:
- You can use nature items in general or you can be more specific by using different types of flowers, leaves, rocks, etc. (Science/Nature Study)
- Use seasonal items or items found in a specific place such as the beach, forest, dessert, etc. (Science/Nature Study)
- Encouraging children to touch and explore the items found in each box. (Sensory)
- Have them describe the similarities and differences between the nature items during play or after play. (Science)
- Use the same nature items in amounts from 1-6 in each box and have the child count the items to made a match. Example: 1 rock, 2 rocks, 3 rocks, etc. (Math)
- You can use more than nature items to play this game. You can also use rainbow peg dolls, small animals, letters, numbers, different colored pom poms, cars, etc.
- You can also use these same boxes to play this scented cotton ball matching game.
DIY Nature Memory Game Set Up
First, you will need to collect items in your backyard or go on a Nature Hunt to find nature items small enough to put in each box. You will need at least two of each item to make a match.
Next, place one of each set of 6 types of items into the 12 paper mache boxes.
Last, place the lids on the boxes and mix them up.
DIY Nature Memory Game Directions
The game of memory can be played with one or two players. Following is directions for both versions.
1. Place nature memory boxes on the table in 3 rows of 4 boxes.
2. To play, the first (or only) player picks a box and opens it.
3. Another box is selected to try to match the nature item found in the first. Picking the box up to feel the weight of it or shake it is not allowed. They can pick up the box to explore the item only after the lid has been opened.
4. If the nature items match, the player that found the match gets to keep the boxes. (I like to stack them with the lids on the bottom off to the side so my daughter can explore each match. Allow them to take their time with this before moving on. This is where learning happens!)
5. If they don’t match, the lids are placed back on the boxes and are kept in the same place they were found.
6. The idea is to try to remember the nature item that is found in each box and where it is.
7. If you are playing with two players, watch and remember during the other player’s turn.
8. When a match is made the player that makes the match gets to go again.
9. The game is over when all the nature items have been matched.
10. The player with the most matches wins.
This DIY Nature memory game is an educational game and sensory activity all in one! Playing nature memory helps children develop focus, memory, and recognition skills.
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